Minimum Wage Violations
Stoned or straight, it’s pretty much impossible to not know that the minimum wage for all food services workers in New York City is $15.00 per hour, because the New York labor law requires all employers in New York to visibly display an approved New York minimum wage poster, and other New York and federal labor law posters, to ensure that all employees are aware of federal and New York labor law and overtime regulations. Two employees, Neptali Peralta and Maria Jovita Tapia Villanueva, filed a Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law complaint against the company, Barrett and manager Raul Avila claiming they weren’t paid agreed-upon wages or overtime compensation.
Maria Jovita Tapia Villanueva was hired as a dessert preparer in April 2021. She was told that her hourly rate would be set at $20, but for the first few months she worked 80 hours per week and was paid $8.75 per hour. According to court documents, from April until August 2021, Tapia worked Monday- Friday from 8am to midnight. Her pay for working 80 hours per week was $700, or $8.75 per hour, and the cash was given to her in an envelope.
In September 2021, manager Avila reduced her hours from 80 to 60. She worked from 12 pm until 12 am five days a week and was paid $600 for a rate of $10 per hour. Manager Avila told her she was only working 12 hours per day ostensibly because the “restaurant was not busy”. The next month she was told to take a week off of work because business was slow, but she was never called back and instead was replaced by a younger employee from Mexico.
Peralta worked 36 hours a week, three days a week, and was initially paid his promised $20 per hour. But he was soon told to work an additional four hours that he was never compensated for. And then, like Tapia, his hours were cut back because of supposedly slow business. He was also taken off the schedule, never called back into work and replaced by a younger worker from Mexico, according to their lawsuit.
Other Labor Law Violations
The plaintiffs also claim that they were denied breaks during their shifts and were responsible to pay for their own uniforms. But New York law stipulates that employers are required to reimburse employees when demanding specific workplace attire. Their lawsuit claims that Defendants:
- Denied employees breaks during their shifts
- Required employees to pay for their own uniforms. But New York law stipulates that employers are required to reimburse employees when demanding specific workplace attire.
- Deprived plaintiffs and their co-workers of minimum wage and overtime pay since at least on or about October 2020
- Violated notice-and-recordkeeping requirements by failing to provide statements along with wages listing the name of employee, name of employer, address and phone number of employer, rate or rates of pay and basis thereof, whether paid by the hour, shift, day, week, salary, piece, commission, or other, gross wages, deductions, allowances, if any, claimed as part of the minimum wage, and net wages.
- Violated the requirement that they provide, upon employee request, explanations of how wages were calculated in violation of NY labor law.
- Violated notice-and-recordkeeping requirements by failing to provide employees with wage notices as required on February 1 of every year in violation of NY labor law.
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According to the lawsuit, CB HOSPITALITY AND EVENTS, LLC, CB HOSPITALITY AND EVENTS II, LLC, and CB HOSPITALITY VENTURES HOLDINGS CORP. are a joint enterprise whose annual gross volume of sales made, or business done, is in excess of $500,000. Specifically, St Ned Pizza is a THC-infused pizza restaurant with three locations in the East Village, the Lower East Side and a seasonal restaurant in Coney Island. The popular restaurants are “thriving, high traffic locations”.
Plaintiffs demand a jury trial for all causes of action and claims for which they have a right to a jury trial. The case is Peralta et al. v. CB Hospitality and Events LLC et al., case number 1:22-cv-10805, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.